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fedora users contribution



Hi, I'm not aware of a better mailing list to bring this issue so if
there is please point me to it (fedora-advisory-board?
fedora-marketing?).

I as a fedora users contribute in ways I can; mainly bug reporting on
issues I discover while just using fedora. I don't go actively looking
for bugs but I just post ones I find using fedora. I try to use fedora
in the most conservative way possible - not installing any rpm outside
official repositories if possible (I still need a few that are from
livna). I have changed my behavior (I previously installed from wide
range of 3rd party repos and custom twaked fedora much more) so that I
can be a responsible bug reporter.

When I posted RFE[1] "Abillity to remove unwanted partition icons from
gnome desktop" I got an answer from Jef Spaleta that was really
helpful to me but I recognized that some of less knowledgeable fedora
users wouldn't find that answer helpful.

Thank you Jef once more for a really informative answer.

Coming from a regular fedora desktop user point of view this looks
like wrong way of doing things. Knowledgeable fedora users and
contributers usually don't have problems with following instructions
that experienced fedora devels give them, but still there are others
that have.  There are fedora users that I believe can be involved in
some part making fedora better but aren't because of high learning
curve and the lack of knowledge of inner workings of fedora and
general linux distros.

Take me for example - if  Jef haven't told me about
20-storage-methods.fdi I wouldn't know exactly where to look. I have
some basic knowledge about hal but that is it. I love getting involved
and learning new things in linux but my work and other commitment
(running a NGO, local LUG and municipal wireless project) don't give
me time needed to get to know in detail all the inner workings of
linux and it's sub systems.

I also believe that there lots of other users that don't know anything
about how linux and fedora work but that also have some suggestion
about how to make Fedora and general linux experience better for them
(and problaly other people also). I believe that they wouldn't go
beyond posting to mailing list or maybe, maybe to bugzilla.

I know that this is not up to you, but is there somebody that ordinary
users could go and ask for their issues to be looked at and then
decided if there is a case for it to be dealt with. When I mean dealt
with I mean that that person then contacts the ones responsible for
the issue at hand.

Fedora devels give really informative responses and I can work with
but there are others that can't. What I suggest is that with slight
different approach and different organization effort much more of such
issues would be dealt in faster way and things would go forward faster
and make everybody happy.

I don't know in detail how fedora is organized, but I guess that one
volonteer or one redhat developer working part time on such issues
would make a huge difference.

Please let's discuss this and thank you in advance,
Valent.

[1] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=426907

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